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Smithsonite

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar Smithsonite
April 30, 2012 11:38AM
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SmithsoniteZnCO3 Trigonal
Below are outstanding examples of smithsonite specimens from some of the best localities for that species. Some of them show distinct crystals and others show massive and botryoidal forms. The last two in this parade of high class specimens have been cut and polished to show the color of the smithsonite. Almost certainly when it comes to crystals of Smithsonite, Tsumeb, Namibia has to be the champion for the variety of forms and colors of its specimens. The variety of smithsonite that this locality produces is not nearly matched by any other locality. If you are a collector you will definitely want to get as good an example as you can afford of the wonderful blue to blue green specimens of botryoidal Smithsonite specimens that were produced by the Kelly Mine near Socorro, New Mexico, USA. Though Mexico is not generally thought of as a producer of Smithsonite specimens I have included two fine examples of them here, the first a multicolored wonder from the Refugio Mine in Sinaloa, Mexico and a green botryoidal specimen with associated white tufts of Hemimorphite from the well know mine at Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico. Finally I have included two cut and polished specimens from two classical European localities. The first a cut and polished slab and egg of yellow cadmium bearing smithsonite from, the Masua Mine in Sardinia, Italy. These are drop dead classics if you can ever find one to add to your collection. The second is a blue and green polished specimen from Lavrion, Greece. Each of these six localities have produced a variety of specimens and I urge you to scroll down this article and make your self familiar with the variety of smithsonite they produce and those of other localities, some of which have produced specimens that rival many of the Smithsonites from the better know localities.

Smithsonite, Tsumeb, Namibia 15cm tall
Smithsonite, Kelly Mine, New Mexico, USA ~10cm
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Smithsonite, Mexico, Refugio Mine 10cm wide
Smithsonite, Mexico 7.8cm
Smithsonite, Tsumeb, Namibia 5.7cm wide
Smithsonite, Sardinia, Italy 5.8cm tall
Smithsonite, Lavrion, Greece ~7cm

Back in the day Smithsonite and Hemimorphite were lumped together and called calamine. They were frequently found together in ore deposits in not crystalline masses. In time it was observed that some varieties of calamine were different than others. Finally smithsonite became a separate species and the remaining calamines were called Hemimorphite. Crystals were not common, at least until Tsumeb started producing them. Crystals to ten cm are know and Mindat currently lists 1977 localities (April 2012). Of these many localities, only a few produce good specimens, and below are images of Smithsonite specimens from the localities that were deemed significant. Perhaps some of the ones shown here should not have been and a few others that should have been included are not. It is hoped that other good examples of smithsonite that should be included will be brought to our attention.

Smithsonite is a mineral commonly found in the oxidized portions of lead zinc deposits in the upper parts of the ore bodies. It is often quite ugly looking and has been called "dry bone" ore. Though many lead zinc mines, and there are many of them, commonly have smithsonite among the minerals they produce, relatively few mines produce what collectors would consider to be desirable specimens. There are enough of them however that a few collectors have made a specialty of collecting Smithsonites. One of the best private collection of Smithsonites was made by Jim and Dawn Minette. Jim was during the last part of his career manager of the big open pit borate mine at Boron, California.

Many specimens of smithsonite are botryoidal and dull when found and it is not uncommon for dealers and collectors to "improve" them by using hydrochloric acid to remove dull surface layers and expose shiny layers of smithsonite that lay beneath. Sometimes indications of this treatment can be seen on the edges of the specimens where the acid has selectively eaten away some layers of the smithsonite specimen more than others. It has been argued by some that this treatment is really no different that the natural etching that many smithsonite specimens receive naturally in the ground from time to time. You will have to make up your own mind about this.


SmithsoniteAlgeriaConstantine Province

Smithsonite 13.3cm wide



Not an outstanding specimen, but it is the best of what is currently in our data base. Can someone tell us about the mine and its specimens?


SmithsoniteArgentinaCórdoba, Dumesnil, Malpaso Quarry

Smithsonite 6.5cm wide




SmithsoniteAustraliaNew South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill

Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite & Cerussite 2cm wide


SmithsoniteAustraliaNew South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill, Block 14 opencut

Smithsonite on Coronadite 6.1cm wide




SmithsoniteAustraliaNew South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill, Broken Hill Proprietary Mine (Proprietary Mine; BHP Mine)

Smithsonite 5.0cm tall
Smithsonite on Coronadite 7.5cm wide
Smithsonite on Coronadite ~18cm wide

Smithsonite 8.5cm wide
Smithsonite 4.2cm center
Smithsonite on Kaolinite 2.8cm
Smithsonite, Coronadite 5.2cm

The classic Smithsonite specimens from Broken Hill are the "rice grain" Smithsonites on the black Coronadite matrix. These are by far the most common specimens of Smithsonite that collectors are familiar with. The deposit at Broken Hill did produce other kinds of specimens, but green colored Smithsonite specimens like the one pictured here are very uncommon.


SmithsoniteAustraliaNew South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill, Junction Mine

Smithsonite 3.9cm wide




SmithsoniteAustraliaNew South Wales, Yancowinna Co., Broken Hill, Kintore opencut

Smithsonite 2.5cm long




SmithsoniteAustriaCarinthia, Gailtaler Alpen & Karnische Alpen, Bleiberg District, Bad Bleiberg, Stefanie Mine

Smithsonite & Cerussite 4.5cm wide



Taken under UV light?


SmithsoniteBelgiumLiège Province, Engis

Smithsonite 12cm tall




SmithsoniteBelgiumLiège Province, Verviers, Plombières-Vieille Montagne (Plombières-Altenberg) District

Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite ~8cm wide


SmithsoniteBelgiumLiège Province, Verviers, Plombières-Vieille Montagne (Plombières-Altenberg) District, Kelmis, Moresnet, Vieille Montagne (Altenberg; Kelmisberg)
Smithsonite
Smithsonite 12cm wide
Smithsonite 9.4cm tall
Smithsonite 7.2cm tall


SmithsoniteBrazilMinas Gerais, Vazante, Vazante Mine

Smithsonite 6cm wide




SmithsoniteChinaGuangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Hezhou Prefecture, Zhaoping Co., Xiafu dam construction site

Smithsonite 5.8cm tall
Smithsonite 7.4cm tall
Smithsonite 6.9cm tall




SmithsoniteColombiaValle del Cauca Department

Smithsonite 3.9cm



We will replace this image with an image of the entire specimen if and when we can get one or with images of better specimens. Can someone tell us about this locality?


SmithsoniteCzech RepublicBohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen), Plzeň Region, Plzeň (Pilsen), Merklín (Merklin)

Smithsonite 9.5cm wide




SmithsoniteDemocratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)Katanga (Shaba), Kengere, Kengere Mine

Smithsonite 10.4cm wide



This Smithsonite specimen was personally collected by Gilbert Gauthier in the 50's. This is as good as Smithsonite specimens get from Kengere. Gilbert prospected the mine carefully and went twice a year to see what's up but was never able to find good specimens. The good ones where found in the middle 40's and where collected by the mine engineer in the upper levels. When Gilbert arrived at the mine, the upper levels where gone. Great specimens from the mine reached the market in 2005, probably by the mine engineer himself or one of his family members, but there were no good Smithsonite specimens among them. Kengere is a lead-zinc deposit like Kipushi without the cobalt, copper and germanium. Great specimens of cerussite and hemimorphite where found as well as medium to poor mimetite and smithsonite.



SmithsoniteDemocratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)Katanga (Shaba), Kipushi, Kipushi Mine (Prince Léopold Mine)

Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 7.4cm wide

These are is a very good examples of Smithsonite from the Kipushi mine. The rice grain like crystals clearly visible in the first picture are more densely agglomerated in the second. I tot the second one from Joseph Lhoest who collected this himself in the upper levels of the mine. Smithsonite was abundant at Kipushi but no really great specimens where found.



SmithsoniteFranceAquitaine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Smithsonite 9.4cm wide




SmithsoniteFranceLanguedoc-Roussillon, Gard, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Les Malines District, Les Vieux Travaux mine

Smithsonite xls on Hydrozincite FOV 11.35cm




SmithsoniteFranceRhône-Alpes, Rhône, Le Bois d'Oingt, Chessy-les-Mines, Chessy copper mines

Smithsonite 3cm wide
Smithsonite 5cm wide

Smithsonite 7cm tall




SmithsoniteGermanyBavaria, Upper Bavaria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald

Smithsonite 10cm wide




SmithsoniteGermanyLower Saxony, Harz, Goslar, Rammelsberg, Rammelsberg Mine

Smithsonite 7cm wide




SmithsoniteGermanyLower Saxony, Schaumburg, Rinteln, Rohden Quarry

Smithsonite 9cm tall




SmithsoniteGermanyNorth Rhine-Westphalia, Eifel, Mechernich, Mechernicher Bleiberg

Smithsonite 5.5cm wide




SmithsoniteGreeceAttikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District

Smithsonite ~17cm wide

Smithsonite ~11cm wide
Smithsonite 10cm wide

Smithsonite ~15cm tall
Smithsonite 5cm tall
Smithsonite ~7.5cm wide
Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 7.9cm wide
Smithsonite 9.5cm wide
Smithsonite 5cm wide
Smithsonite 5.1cm wide
Smithsonite 5cm tall
Smithsonite 5.5cm wide

Smithsonite 7.2cm wide
Smithsonite 4.4cm wide
Smithsonite 7.9cm wide
Smithsonite 13.3cm tall

Smithsonite 9.2cm wide
Smithsonite 19cm wide

Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 9.1cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm tall
Smithsonite 10.5cm tall
Smithsonite 8cm tall
Smithsonite 11cm tall
Smithsonite on Fluorite 5cm wide

As you can see from the many specimens of Smithsonite above, the mines at Lavrion have produced a wide variety of various colored Smithsonites. It may be the champion for the greatest variety of colors. Many years ago the wonderful colored specimens of cut and polished Smithsonites were apparently abundant and well known, but today it is very unusual to find a good example of these for sale. Perhaps someone who specializes in specimens from these ancient mines will tell us more about the specimens that this locality has produced.


SmithsoniteGreeceAttikí (Attica; Attika) Prefecture, Lavrion (Laurion; Laurium) District, Lavrion District Mines, Agios Konstantinos (Kamariza), Hilarion area, Kamariza Mines (Kamareza Mines), Hilarion Mine (Hilarion adit; Hilarion Mine No. 50)

Smithsonite 7cm wide




SmithsoniteIrelandCo. Clare, The Burren, Carron, Sheshodonnell East Mine

Smithsonite & Hydrozincite 5.5cm wide
Smithsonite on Fluorite 5.1cm wide

Smithsonite 7.2cm wide
Smithsonite 7cm wide
Smithsonite 18.4cm wide
Smithsonite 4.8cm wide

Who would have thought that Smithsonites of this quality have been produced from Ireland.


SmithsoniteIrelandCo. Tipperary, Silvermines District, Mogul Mine (Garryard; International Mogul Mines)

Smithsonite 7.5cm wide




SmithsoniteItalyLombardy, Bergamo Province, Brembana Valley, Dossena, Paglio Pignolino Mine

Smithsonite 8cm wide
Smithsonite after Calcite 16cm wide


SmithsoniteItalyLombardy, Bergamo Province, Brembana Valley, Oltre il Colle, Vedra Valley, Zorzone Mine

Smithsonite 5.8cm wide




SmithsoniteItalySardinia

Smithsonite after Calcite 7.5cm tall




SmithsoniteItalySardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias

Smithsonite ~8cm wide




SmithsoniteItalySardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias, Masua, Masua Mine


Smithsonite ~22cm tall
Smithsonite 10cm wide
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Smithsonite ~24cm wide
Smithsonite ~10cm tall
Smithsonite @11 cm tall
Smithsonite 8.2cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm wide

Yellow Smithsonites from the Masua Mine have been sought after by collectors for more than 100 years. The yellow cadmium rich smithsonite is unrivaled for producing beautiful banded bright yellow slabs. Much of the smithsonite from this locality is botryoidal and many stalactites of it were found. The stalactites don't look all that attractive but just try and find one for your collection. They are quite rare, probably because they could be cut up into attractive slabs that were easy to sell. The one stalactite pictured above has been cut in the long direction and it is the only one I have ever seen that has been cut like that.



SmithsoniteItalySardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias, Monteponi Mine

Smithsonite 7.9cm wide
Smithsonite after Calcite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 9.5cm tall




SmithsoniteItalySardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias, Punta della Torre, San Giovanni Mine

Smithsonite after Calcite 9cm wide
Smithsonite after Calcite 15cm wide
Smithsonite after Calcite ~14cm wide
Smithsonite 10cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm wide
Smithsonite 11cm wide


SmithsoniteItalySardinia, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Iglesias, Seddas Moddizzis Mine

Smithsonite 17cm wide




SmithsoniteKazakhstanKostanay Province (Qostanay Oblysy; Kostanai Oblast'), Shaimerden Zn deposit

Smithsonite 6.2cm wide




SmithsoniteMexicoChihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District

Smithsonite & Hemimorphite 6.5cm wide
Smithsonite 7.8cm wide

Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 6.2cm wide
Smithsonite 5cm wide
Smithsonite 8.4cm wide
Smithsonite 5.2cm tall
Smithsonite after Calcite 9.5cm tall
Smithsonite 5.7cm wide
Smithsonite after Calcite 7.5cm wide
Smithsonite ~9cm wide
Smithsonite 21cm wide
Smithsonite 3.7cm wide
Smithsonite & Hemimorphite 9.5cm
Smithsonite 32cm wide & 12.78kg
Smithsonite 5.8cm wide

Smithsonite from the mines at Santa Eulalia is fairly abundant and though fine examples are not that common. As you can see from the examples shown above and below it is found in a remarkably broad range of colors and associations.


SmithsoniteMexicoChihuahua, Mun. de Aquiles Serdán, Santa Eulalia District, East Camp, San Antonio Mine (San Antonio el Grande Mine)

Smithsonite 5.6cm tall
Smithsonite 7.2cm tall
Smithsonite & Hemimorphite 10.5cm tall

Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm wide

Smithsonite 3.9cm tall
Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite & Hemimorphite 7.8cm wide
Smithsonite 7cm wide

Smithsonite 8.4cm wide
Smithsonite 9.5cm wide
Smithsonite 5.8cm wide
Smithsonite 9.1cm wide

Smithsonite 10cm wide
Smithsonite 9.1cm wide
Smithsonite 7.7cm tall
Smithsonite 6cm wide


SmithsoniteMexicoCoahuila, Mun. de Sierra Mojada, Sierra Mojada

Smithsonite 16.4cm wide
Smithsonite 14.9cm tall

Smithsonite 14.3cm wide




SmithsoniteMexicoDurango, Mun. de Mapimí, Mapimí, Ojuela Mine

Smithsonite 6.3cm tall
Smithsonite & Calcite 6.6cm wide



SmithsoniteMexicoSinaloa, Mun. de Choix, Choix, El Refugio Mine

Smithsonite 8.3cm tall
Smithsonite 5.9cm tall
Smithsonite 9cm tall
Smithsonite 7.8cm tall

Smithsonite 4cm wide
Smithsonite 8.3cm wide
Smithsonite 6.3cm wide
Smithsonite 8.1cm tall
Smithsonite 5.5cm wide
Smithsonite 18.8cm wide
Smithsonite 7.8cm tall
Smithsonite 8.8cm tall
Smithsonite 8.9cm wide
Smithsonite 7.0cm wide
Smithsonite 6.5cm wide
Smithsonite 6.8cm wide
Smithsonite 15.2cm wide
Smithsonite 13.5cm wide
Smithsonite 11.8cm tall
Smithsonite 10.cm tall

Smithsonite 7.4cm tall
Smithsonite 13.7cm wide
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Smithsonite 13cm wide
Smithsonite 15cm wide



Smithsonite from this mine was for a while fairly abundant during the 1990s and though most of the production produced was colored botryoidal material of not high quality you can see from the examples above that some very nice specimens were produced.


SmithsoniteMexicoSinaloa, Mun. de Choix, Choix, Santa Anita Mine

Smithsonite 9.8cm tall
Smithsonite 6.5cm tall
Smithsonite 5.5cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm wide
Smithsonite 6cm wide


SmithsoniteMexicoZacatecas, Mun. de Concepción del Oro, Concepción del Oro, Socabon Mine

Smithsonite 5.2cm tall




SmithsoniteMexicoZacatecas, Mun. de Mazapil, Mazapil

Smithsonite ~6.5cm wide




SmithsoniteMexicoZacatecas, Mun. de Zacatecas, Zacatecas

Smithsonite 4.5cm wide




SmithsoniteMexicoZacatecas, Reyes Mine

Smithsonite 6.1cm tall




SmithsoniteMoroccoOriental Region, Oujda-Angad Province, Touissit District

Smithsonite 6.1cm wide
Smithsonite 5.7cm wide

Smithsonite 12.2cm wide
Smithsonite 5.1cm wide

Smithsonite 7cm wide
Smithsonite 10.4cm tall

Fine examples of smithsonite from Touissit are rare.


SmithsoniteNamibiaKaras Region, Lüderitz District, Rosh Pinah, Skorpion Mine

Smithsonite 9cm wide
Smithsonite 5.2cm wide.


SmithsoniteNamibiaOtjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Tsumeb
At most deposits, well crystallized smithsonite are rare, at Tsumeb they are fairly common place. It has produced such a variety that the examples shown below have been broken down in sections. The first section shows the cobaltoan rich pink Smithsonites, then the copper rich green ones and finally those of other colors. Some of the specimens shown below are about as good as the locality ever produced.

Pink Smithsonites
Smithsonite 7cm wide
Smithsonite 4cm wide
Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 8.5cm wide
Smithsonite 5.9cm tall
Smithsonite 5cm wide
Smithsonite 2.5cm wide
Smithsonite 5cm wide
Smithsonite 8cm wide
Smithsonite 4cm wide
Smithsonite 8cm wide
Smithsonite 6cm wide

Smithsonite 7.6cm tall
Smithsonite 5cm tall
Smithsonite 9.1cm wide
Smithsonite 15cm tall
Smithsonite 7.5cm tall
Smithsonite 7.9cm tall
.
Smithsonite 9cm tall
Smithsonite ~7.5cm tall
Smithsonite 8cm tall

Smithsonite 6.2cm wide
Smithsonite ~7cm wide
Smithsonite 8.4cm tall



Green Smithsonites
Smithsonite 10cm tall
Smithsonite 7.2cm tall

Smithsonite 10cm tall
Smithsonite on Cerussite 10cm wide

Smithsonite ~8cm wide
Smithsonite 14cm wide

Smithsonite ~8cm tall
Smithsonite & Cerussite ~8cm wide
.
Smithsonite & Cerussite 7cm wide
Smithsonite ~7cm wide
Smithsonite 6.5cm wide
Smithsonite 6.8cm tall
Smithsonite ~10cm wide
Smithsonite 2.4cm tall
Smithsonite 12cm wide


Smithsonite of other colors

Smithsonite 3cm wide
Smithsonite 10cm tall
Smithsonite 6.6cm tall
Smithsonite after ? ~9cm tall
Smithsonite 7cm wide
Smithsonite 10cm wide
Smithsonite 17cm wide
Smithsonite 8cm wide
Smithsonite ~20cm tall
Smithsonite after ? 13cm tall
.
Smithsonite ~5cm wide

Smithsonite ~7cm tall
Smithsonite ~ 5cm wide
.
Smithsonite 7.5cm wide
Smithsonite 11cm wide
Smithsonite ~10cm wide


SmithsoniteNamibiaOtjozondjupa Region, Grootfontein District, Grootfontein

Smithsonite 6cm tall




SmithsoniteNamibiaOtjozondjupa Region, Grootfontein District, Berg Aukas (Berg Aukus)

Smithsonite 5cm wide
Smithsonite 4.6cm wide
Smithsonite 12cm wide
Smithsonite 4.5cm wide
Smithsonite 8.5cm wide
Smithsonite 4.5cm tall
Smithsonite 7.6cm wide
Smithsonite 13cm wide
Smithsonite 9.9cm wide
Smithsonite 7.3cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm wide



The Berg Akus mine, located not far from Tsumeb also produced many good Smithsonite specimens.


SmithsoniteNew ZealandNorth Island, Te Aroha, Tui Mine

Smithsonite FOV 9mm




SmithsonitePolandMałopolskie, Olkusz District, Olkusz, Pomorzany Mine

Smithsonite 8cm wide




SmithsonitePortugalBeja District, Moura, Sobral da Adiça, Preguiça Mine

Smithsonite 3cm wide?
Smithsonite 6cm wide



SmithsoniteSloveniaMežica (Miess), Mežica Mines

Smithsonite 7.8cm wide




SmithsoniteSouth AfricaNorthern Cape Province, Aggeneys, Broken Hill mine

Smithsonite 6cm wide




SmithsoniteSpainAndalusia, Granada, Albuñuelas

Smithsonite 8.1cm wide




SmithsoniteSpainCantabria, Udías, Sel del Haya Mine

Smithsonite 8cm wide
Smithsonite 4cm wide


SmithsoniteSpainMurcia, Sierra de Cartagena, La Unión, San Valentín Mine (San Valentín Quarry)

Smithsonite 6cm tall
Smithsonite 5cm tall
Smithsonite 5.3cm wide
Smithsonite 5cm wide


SmithsoniteTunisiaZaghouan Governorate, Zriba-Village, Hammam-Zriba Mine

Smithsonite 11cm tall
Smithsonite 8cm wide


SmithsoniteTurkeyMediterranean Region, Adana Province, Tufanbeyli, Akçal

Smithsonite 7cm wide




SmithsoniteUKEngland, Cumbria, North and Western Region (Cumberland), North Pennines, Alston Moor District

Smithsonite 8cm wide




SmithsoniteUKEngland, Cumbria, South Eastern Region (Westmorland), North Pennines, Escarpment District, Hilton, Scordale, Hilton Mine

Smithsonite after ? 9.1cm tall
Smithsonite after ? 9.1cm wide


SmithsoniteUKEngland, North Yorkshire, North Pennines, Pateley Bridge District, Greenhow, Coldstones Quarry

Smithsonite after Calcite 6cm wide
Smithsonite after Calcite ~6cm wide


SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Cochise Co., Dragoon Mts, Turquoise District (Courtland-Gleeson District), Gleeson, Costello Mine group (Costello claims), Silver Bill Mine

Smithsonite 5cm wide
Smithsonite 3.4cm wide


SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Cochise Co., Mule Mts, Warren District, Bisbee

Smithsonite 7.2cm wide




SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Coconino Co., Grandview District, Grand Canyon National Park, Horseshoe Mesa, Cape Royal, Grand View Mine (Last Chance Mine; No. 1 Pat claim 3591; No. 5 Pat claim 3592a; No. 4 Pat claim 3592a; Canyon Copper Mine; Grand Canyon Mine)

Smithsonite 3.4cm wide




SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Gila Co., Dripping Spring Mts, Banner District

Smithsonite 4.8cm wide
Smithsonite 8.1cm wide
Smithsonite 5.7cm wide
Smithsonite 6.6cm wide


SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Gila Co., Dripping Spring Mts, Banner District, Hayden area, Chilito, 79 Mine (79th Mine; Seventy-Nine Mine; Seventy-Nine property; McHur prospect)

Smithsonite 5.3cm wide
Smithsonite 3.7cm tall
Smithsonite 6.3cm wide
Smithsonite 5.1cm wide
Smithsonite 8.8cm tall
Smithsonite 8.3cm wide
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Smithsonite 9.8cm wide
Smithsonite 5cm wide
Smithsonite 4.7cm tall
Smithsonite & Calcite 5.4cm wide
Smithsonite 7cm wide
Smithsonite 6.2cm wide
Smithsonite 7.6cm wide
Smithsonite 9.3cm wide
Smithsonite 11.4cm wide
Smithsonite 9.5cm wide
Smithsonite 9.3cm wide
Smithsonite & Calcite 6.8cm tall
Smithsonite 7.1cm tall


SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Mohave Co., Hualapai (Hualpai) Mts, Hualapai District, Arrastra Mt., Antler Mine (Antler Gold Mine; Spuyten Duyvel Mine)

Smithsonite 8.8cm wide
Smithsonite 13.2cm tall


SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Pima Co., Waterman Mts, Waterman District, Silver Hill District, Silver Hill, Silver Hill Mine group

Smithsonite 8cm wide
Smithsonite on Calcite 3cm wide

Smithsonite 4.1cm wide
Smithsonite 3.1cm wide


SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Pinal Co., Mammoth District, Tiger, St. Anthony deposit, Mammoth-Saint Anthony Mine (Mammoth-St Anthony Mine; Mammoth Mine; St. Anthony Mine)

Smithsonite ~7cm wide
Smithsonite @7cm wide
Smithsonite ~6cm wide



Good specimens of Smithsonite from Tiger are quite rare.


SmithsoniteUSAArizona, Santa Cruz Co., Santa Rita Mts, Tyndall District, Cottonwood Canyon, Amado, Devil's Cash Box ridge, Glove Mine (Sunrise Mine), Glove Mine group (Zombie & Zeco claims; Festiago-Franklin; Blacksmith adit)

Smithsonite 7.1cm wide
Smithsonite 8cm wide


SmithsoniteUSAArkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District

Smithsonite 7cm tall
Smithsonite after Dolomite 6.7cm tall
Smithsonite 5.1cm wide
Smithsonite ~6cm wide
Smithsonite after Dolomite ~7.5cm wide
Smithsonite 6.4cm wide
Smithsonite after Dolomite ~10cm wide
Smithsonite ~8cm wide

Smithsonite ~8cm wide
Smithsonite after Dolomite 8.4cm wide
Smithsonite 6cm wide



The cadmium rich yellow Smithsonites from the Rush Creek District can on occasion rival the best specimens of their yellow cousins from Sardinia. The fine yellow specimens of Smithsonite after Dolomite are particularly desirable.


SmithsoniteUSAArkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District, Morning Star Mine

Smithsonite 3.5cm wide
Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 14.5cm wide
Smithsonite 14cm wide


SmithsoniteUSAArkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District, Rush, Philadelphia mine

Smithsonite after Dolomite 9cm wide
Smithsonite after Dolomite 9cm wide
Smithsonite after Dolomite 4.5cm wide
Smithsonite 5.2cm wide



SmithsoniteUSAArkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District, Rush, Monte Cristo mine ("Monte Christo" mine)

Smithsonite 2.7cm tall
Smithsonite after Dolomite 3.2cm wide


SmithsoniteUSAArkansas, Marion Co., Rush Creek District, Rush

Smithsonite @ Dolomite 6.7cm
Smithsonite after Dolomite 11.8cm wide


SmithsoniteUSACalifornia, Inyo Co., Inyo Mts (Inyo Range)

Smithsonite 9cm wide




SmithsoniteUSAKentucky, Crittenden Co., Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Marion

Smithsonite 7.7cm wide
Smithsonite 7.5cm wide


SmithsoniteUSAMissouri, Jasper Co., Tri-State District, Joplin Field, Gobbler Mine

Smithsonite 9cm wide




SmithsoniteUSAMissouri, Jasper Co., Tri-State District, Oronogo Field


Smithsonite 6.6cm tall
Smithsonite 4.3cm wide
.
Smithsonite 9.5cm wide


SmithsoniteUSANew Mexico, Grant Co., Burro Mountains District, Tyrone Area, Tyrone Mine

Smithsonite on Chrysocolla 7cm wide




SmithsoniteUSANew Mexico, Socorro Co., Hansonburg District, Bingham, Blanchard Mine (Portalas-Blanchard Mine)

Smithsonite ~7cm wide




SmithsoniteUSANew Mexico, Socorro Co., Magdalena District, Kelly Mine

Smithsonite ~7cm wide
Smithsonite ~12cm tall
Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 6cm wide
Smithsonite 9.3cm wide
Smithsonite 8.5cm wide
Smithsonite 5cm tall
Smithsonite 12.1cm tall

Smithsonite 20cm wide
Smithsonite 12.8cm wide

Smithsonite ~6cm tall
Smithsonite 7.4cm wide
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Smithsonite 23.5cm wide
Smithsonite 9.4cm wide
Smithsonite 12.6cm wide
Smithsonite ~12cm wide
Smithsonite 11cm wide

Smithsonite 14.6cm wide
Smithsonite 10.1cm wide
Smithsonite ~23cm wide
Smithsonite 16.5 cm wide

Smithsonite 5.8cm wide
Smithsonite 13.8cm wide
Smithsonite 9.8cm tall
Smithsonite & Aurichalcite 5cm wide
Smithsonite ~3cm tall
Smithsonite on Aurichalcite 3cm wide
Smithsonite ~12 cm wide
Smithsonite 9cm wide
Smithsonite ~20cm wide



The blue to blue green Smithsonites because of their color are particularly appealing to collectors and fine specimens of Kelly Smithsonite can bring tens of thousands of dollars. They used to be fairly common, but the good ones are becoming hard to get at any price.


SmithsoniteUSAOklahoma, Ottawa Co., Tri-State District

Smithsonite 1.5 meters wide




SmithsoniteUSAPennsylvania, Lehigh Co., Upper Saucon Township, Saucon Valley, Friedensville, Ueberroth Mine

Smithsonite 7.5cm wide




SmithsoniteUSATennessee, Jefferson Co., Mascot-Jefferson City Zinc District, New Market, New Market Mine (Asarco New Market Mine)

Smithsonite 5.1cm wide




SmithsoniteUSAUtah, Beaver Co., San Francisco Mts, San Francisco District (Frisco District)

Smithsonite after Calcite ~7cm wide




SmithsoniteUSAUtah, Beaver Co., Star Range, Star and North Star Districts, Moscow Mine (Old Moscow/New Moscow)

Smithsonite 6cm wide




SmithsoniteUSAUtah, Tooele Co., Oquirrh Mts, Ophir District, Ophir Hill area, Hidden Treasure Mine (Sacramento; Chicago)

Smithsonite 7cm wide
Smithsonite 9.3cm wide
Smithsonite 12cm wide




SmithsoniteUSAWashington, Stevens Co.

Smithsonite 6cm tall




SmithsoniteUSAWisconsin, Iowa Co., Upper Mississippi Valley District, Mineral Point

Smithsonite ~16cm tall
Smithsonite after Calcite ~6cm tall
Smithsonite ~11cm wide
Smithsonite after Calcite 7.6cm wide
Smithsonite after Calcite 13cm
Smithsonite after Calcite 12.3cm wide



SmithsoniteZambiaCentral Province, Kabwe (Broken Hill), Kabwe Mine (Broken Hill Mine)

Smithsonite 7.8cm wide




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First draft of Smithsonite article completed 30 April 2012 Rock Currier

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 05/02/2012 11:13AM by Rock Currier.
Re: Smithsonite
May 18, 2012 08:28PM
Outstanding work. What a great piece, congratulations. I used to collect the Kelly mine in the 1970's for smithsonite, still have a few pieces in my collection. You have done an outstanding job showing some very impressive specimens of smithsonite from around the world. Thanks again for a well done article.

Bob
avatar Re: Smithsonite
May 18, 2012 08:34PM
Bob,
These articles can always be better. Can you make some suggestions for improving it? When we write these articles, we always feel inadequate because most of the localities we have never been to nor have we collected there so we realize that we know next to nothing about them. This leaves us only the job of selecting the images and putting them in order and making them look nice with one another. For example although I am somewhat interested in smithsonite, I was only in the Kelly mine once and didn't have time to get to know it very well. It is a huge place and would take many days to explore well.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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